Working up an appetite: our top 10 foodie hotspots in Nottingham
Looking for some great lunch ideas? Well, you’re in the right place. After a busy morning of inspirational digital marketing talks and networking, you’re bound to have built up an appetite.
Nottingham is home to multiple hotspots where you can enjoy some great food. As England’s top city for small business growth, it’s no surprise that there’s also an outstanding amount of local independent cafes and restaurants for you to eat at.
So, where should you head for lunch? Keep reading – we’re sharing our top places that meet every lunch brief.
If you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat, then the Quincy Sandwich Bar is a great option – it’s literally around the corner and just a one-minute walk away from the Nottingham Playhouse.
They offer a variety of savoury options including paninis, focaccia, salad boxes, jacket potatoes, vegetarian sandwiches, plus hot and cold drinks – there’s something for everyone!
Only a stone’s throw away, Tough Mary’s Bakehouse offers a range of sweet and savoury treats because, let’s face it, who can say no to freshly baked goods?!
Head over there for a delicious freshly prepared lunch; options include freshly baked bread, croissants, cakes and traybakes. We’re huge fans of Tough Mary’s and this comes with a big Hallam seal of approval.
Since you’re in the neighbourhood, it’s only right that you visit another Hallam-office favourite: Nottingham’s first-ever falafel restaurant.
Vegan and vegetarian-friendly, they offer a varied selection of falafel wraps, pittas and salads. They also serve halloumi dishes, pizza and a variety of hot and cold beverages, plus freshly made Middle Eastern desserts. You can simply grab your falafel and go or there’s the option to dine inside or eat al fresco (fingers crossed for good weather…)
Elena’s Patisserie is a Greek café specialising in savoury pastries, cakes, rich coffee and a variety of sandwiches available to grab and go.
All sandwiches are served in warm bread and made fresh to order, options include a Greek veggie special, Cypriot special, homemade chicken and ham and cheese. What’s not to love?
Situated close to the Nottingham Cornerhouse, the Pudding Pantry offers a walk-in service, so there’s no need to book in advance. You’ll be tempted by the amazing variety of pancakes they serve, but – if you’re feeling savoury instead – then there’s also a selection of brunch options.
A Nottingham institution, you might even want to take some cake for the way home, too.
Although this coffee shop group now has 13 locations around the UK, it still makes this list because a) it sells our favourite coffee (in fact, we have it in our Nottingham HQ) and b) because their Flying Horse Arcade location was its flagship store.
Whilst the coffee is excellent (as are the hot chocolates – honestly, incredible) their food and snack selection never misses the mark. Chef’s kiss 🤌
Known for their coffee and grilled cheese toasties, Blend offers a range of fresh pastries, handmade cakes, a selection of sandwiches or salads and is only a few minutes away.
Looking for somewhere to sit and get your head down? Or want to re-group with your team? There are many tables that serve as co-working spaces, too.
Another local favourite is The Roundhouse – a unique pub offering high quality and locally sourced food. Previously an old hospital, it’s a good pub with lunch is served from 12pm – 3pm. All the usual pub favourites are served, but they’ve also got lighter options including sandwiches with a side of crisps and ‘light bites’ such as sausage rolls, vegan rolls and salads.
Need something more than a sandwich? Located just between Maid Marian Way and Market Square, Zaap offers an array of authentic Thai street food.
Their menu includes over 80 authentic Thai street food dishes and the decor will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to a real-life Thai street food market!
If you’re a newbie to Nottingham then we recommend that you go and check this one out. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is one of the UK’s oldest pubs and it’s ranked as one of the best pubs to visit.
A real Nottingham institution, they serve a variety of sandwiches, toasties, burgers and pub classics and also have a gluten-free menu. Food can be served inside or outside in their lovely front garden and courtyard allowing you to enjoy your food while taking in the views of the pub and castle – or read up about their ghosts. Whatever you do, just don’t touch the cursed galleon…
These are just a few of our favourites, but with so many choices in Nottingham, we’re sure you’ll find something to suit your taste. Still confused? Don’t worry – our team will also be on hand to assist you if you need directions on the day.